I received an advanced copy of this book for free from the Publisher in exchange of an honest review. This in no way affects my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
”I’ve got your back.” She went up to her elbow to look at him better. “You do. Thank you for that.” “My heart.” He cupped her cheek. “Didn’t see you coming at all. And once I did, you were faster and cornered me. Thank god you never fucking give up, huh?” Laughing, she bent to kiss him. “You let me catch you. You wanted what I have going on.”
When I read that Lauren Dane was starting a new series of novels that featured hot, inked up, pierced men who pimped out fantastic rides I was all for it. And Opening Up, the first in the Ink and Chrome started on a very strong note.
The romance in the story begins pretty early on and for that I was actually grateful for because at times the romance element can tend to go down the same road over and over and it usually doesn’t happen within the first couple of pages. This one did.
PJ had seen Asa around the scene but they’d never been introduced officially until recently. The sparks fly immediately, not love at first sight, but lust at first sight. Asa is immensely attractive with his tall build and tattoos and that septum piercing. One of many piercings that I adored, by the way. *wi*nk*
Asa decided to go for PJ and the two are explosive when they come together. There’s nothing sweet and tender about their encounter. Good thing I had a fan on. Dane really heated things up with the sex scenes in this book. Raw and rough and grrrr. So good! Although after their encounter Asa backs off because he doesn’t do relationships (at least serious ones) and mainly because he felt that PJ was too young for a old, seasoned guy like him. As if. PJ doesn’t take to that lightly and she makes it known to him that she’s not some young, naive girl that doesn’t know what she wants. Plus she gets enough of that attitude from her asshole father.
PJ is the youngest in a prominent family that manufactures tires and is big on the car scene. Unfortunately PJ, while talented, is considered the black sheep in the family and a failure because she dropped out of college and for being different. Her storyline focuses very much on the misogynistic behaviour that her father displays toward her, which made me uncomfortable and angry on her behalf. The discomfort was due to the fact that I personally never had a bad relationship with my own Dad and it just bothered me on a personal level that the father was made to be this bad guy. However, it just happens to be part of the plot so I had to deal with it. After not being given the opportunity to expand the business by doing custom paint work which is her strong point, PJ quits.
Along the way she ends up doing contract custom paint work for the motorcycle shop Twisted Steel, where the big, bad and much older Asa Barrons co-owns with his buddy Duke. These two are on friendly terms, although PJ doesn’t hide the fact that she’s interested in more with Asa, but she’s not going to force him into anything he doesn’t want. She’ll just… show him what he’s missing out on…
Dominant, alpha Asa can’t handle the sight of the one thing he wants but can’t have, being so close in reach and yet so far. So when PJ shows him that she’s moving on he knows he has to make his move or else lose out on the best thing ever.
I absolutely could not get enough of PJ and Asa. Especially Asa. He’s this big and bad dude but he’s totally respectful of women and protective of those he cares about. His mom and sisters and his buddie, especially Duke. The romance was smoking hot and the two really complemented each other. I have to say that I really enjoyed this one and am looking forward to Duke’s book next!